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Key Republican joins Dems opposing Bolton nomination (WHY DID GOP WASTE ONE DIME ON CHAFEE?)
www.cnn.com ^ | November 10, 2006

Posted on 11/10/2006 4:26:31 AM PST by excludethis

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- This is probably not what President Bush had in mind when he stressed bipartisanship after the Democratic Party's midterm elections sweep.

A key Senate Republican has joined Democrats in opposing one of Bush's initiatives for the lame-duck Congress: John Bolton's nomination as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

With leaders from both parties promising a new bipartisan Washington, Bush began efforts to get two of his most controversial decisions approved before the Democrats take over.

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But Republican Sen. Lincoln Chafee, who was defeated in this week's election, said he would block Bolton's nomination.

Chafee, a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, told reporters that he did not believe Bolton's nomination would move forward without his support.

"The American people have spoken out against the president's agenda on a number of fronts, and presumably one of those is on foreign policy," the Rhode Island moderate told The Associated Press.

"And at this late stage in my term, I'm not going to endorse something the American people have spoke out against."

The committee, dominated 10-8 by Republicans, requires a majority vote to send the nomination to the Senate floor. A tie would be the same as a no vote.

. . .

Bolton's appointment will expire in January unless the Senate confirms him, and the probable next chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee says approval is unlikely.

"I see no point in considering Mr. Bolton's nomination again in the Foreign Relations Committee because, regardless of what happens there, he is unlikely to be considered by the full Senate," said Democratic Sen. Joe Biden, who is set to become the committee's chairman and control the agenda in January.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bolton; byebyelinkie; chafee; rat; rino; traitor; turncoat; weasel
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1 posted on 11/10/2006 4:26:33 AM PST by excludethis
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To: excludethis

What do you think that that little weasel will be doing in the real world? Has he ever earned a dime in the private sector?


2 posted on 11/10/2006 4:29:05 AM PST by Thebaddog (Labrador Retrievers are the dog's dog)
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To: excludethis

For all those who say we need RINOs in the party - here is exhibit A why we do not. And I'm not talking about moderate Republicans - I am talking flaming liberals who still have the (R) next to their name.


3 posted on 11/10/2006 4:29:07 AM PST by dirtboy (John Kerry - the world's only re-usable political suicide bomber.)
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To: excludethis

For Chafee to go this far is beyond despicable.


4 posted on 11/10/2006 4:30:58 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: excludethis

Certainly the party would have held out for a tradeoff like a concession on this before spending those millions on his sorry campaign...........

Also notice how Spector helped Santorum and Warner helped Allen....

Chaffee's stance is outrageous though....he has no scruples at all and we all know where he can go....


5 posted on 11/10/2006 4:31:28 AM PST by Tribemike (Here is the text of the article....)
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To: excludethis

We must also count our blessing.


6 posted on 11/10/2006 4:32:38 AM PST by bmwcyle (The snake is loose in the garden and Eve just bit the apple.)
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To: excludethis
I'm sure going to miss that Chafee.

NOT!

Any wonder why the Republican party got its head cut off?

We are not finished yet cleaning house!

Spector, Graham, McCain, and a few other RINO's need to get booted too, right along with the liberal socialist Chafee.
7 posted on 11/10/2006 4:32:42 AM PST by paratrooper82 (82 Airborne 1/508th BN wounded and home recouping with my family!)
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To: Thebaddog

Probably a low work, high pay appointment inside the Bush administration.


8 posted on 11/10/2006 4:33:52 AM PST by BinaryBoy
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To: excludethis

Isn't it time for a good old Clinton-like smear-job on this guy?


9 posted on 11/10/2006 4:34:22 AM PST by Crawdad (Is this thing on?)
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To: excludethis

What an ungrateful POS.


10 posted on 11/10/2006 4:34:25 AM PST by jbarkley
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To: excludethis
Can't they just boot him off the committee and put someone else on.

It' like it's not going to matter, since lincy is out in January anyways.

11 posted on 11/10/2006 4:36:03 AM PST by Dane ("Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall" Ronald Reagan, 1987)
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To: excludethis

Can't he be yanked from that position?


12 posted on 11/10/2006 4:37:18 AM PST by fortheDeclaration (Am I therefore become your enemy because I tell you the truth? (Gal.4:16))
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To: Thebaddog

A spokesman for the Terrorist on how to defeat America as a liberal disguised as a Republican to fool them into voting for you.

Examples are Terrorist supporters Sen. Graham, Sen. McCain, Sen. Spector and others.


13 posted on 11/10/2006 4:37:56 AM PST by paratrooper82 (82 Airborne 1/508th BN wounded and home recouping with my family!)
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To: excludethis
The republicans should throw him out of the party now and strip him of his place on the committee

The jerk is gone in January .. so who cares if he gets mad
14 posted on 11/10/2006 4:40:09 AM PST by Mo1 (Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is 2 heart beats away from the Presidency)
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To: excludethis

It's EXACTLY because of people like Chaffee.....Snowe.....Collins.....Graham......McCain.....Frist....and Hastert the the RATs are now in the majority.

IF the GOP is going to survive, the these weak-kneed, milquetoast RINOS need to be purged fron OUR ranks.

IF one is NOT a ROCK SOLID REAGAN CONSERVATIVE, they need to GO!


15 posted on 11/10/2006 4:41:57 AM PST by Howie66 ("America will never seek a permission slip to defend the security of our people.")
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To: Dane
We should boot is rear end out now. Strip him of his committee seat and get Bolton to the full senate for a vote. DOES SENATOR FIRST HAVE ANY BALLS?

He already told Senator Frist that he was leaving the GOP - See: Sen. Lincoln Chafee May Leave GOP -

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1736003/posts

16 posted on 11/10/2006 4:42:20 AM PST by excludethis
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To: dirtboy

Jerk.

What does he think he will gain? A VP nomination from Hillary? Jefford's seat?


17 posted on 11/10/2006 4:43:26 AM PST by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but Hillary's ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: excludethis

I'm so glad that P.O.S. lost. Wonder why "W" could not see what all of us see? He deserves whatever he gets. Hope he doesn't kiss Pelosi's or Reids feet to much!


18 posted on 11/10/2006 4:43:55 AM PST by ustanker (The cave dwellers are happy!)
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To: Howie66

What about a recess appointment?


19 posted on 11/10/2006 4:44:08 AM PST by hsmomx3 (Steelers in '07--Go BIG BEN!!!)
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To: excludethis
He's a spikeful, sniveling little b$tch that needs to get one last shot it. Kinda like the jerk who get kicked out by his wife and puts a boot to the dog on the way out.

F this RAT lovin turd and be happy he can go back to Load Island and shrivel into darkness.

Glad to see that the conservatives have pruged the congress of the RINOS on this go round, even if it cost control for the next two years. Watch the RINOS who are up for reelect in 08 start trying to "get right with the Right or get left with the Left"TM Hey that should be out battle cry for the next two years.

20 posted on 11/10/2006 4:45:54 AM PST by IllumiNaughtyByNature (If a pug barks and no one is around to hear it... they hold a grudge for a long time!)
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To: hsmomx3
What about a recess appointment?

He's arlready on a recess appointment. That ends when the new Congress is seated. And at that point, you have to wait until the next Congressional recess.

21 posted on 11/10/2006 4:48:27 AM PST by dirtboy (John Kerry - the world's only re-usable political suicide bomber.)
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To: excludethis
A key Senate Republican has joined Democrats in opposing one of Bush's initiatives for the lame-duck Congress

I stopped reading there. A "key" Senate Republican and a "lame-duck" Congress?

Lincoln Chaffee is more "lame duck" than the Republicans in Congress.

22 posted on 11/10/2006 4:49:22 AM PST by Mr. Brightside
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To: hsmomx3

"What about a recess appointment?"

No pay for Bolton if he's a recess appt.

While he could be making millions as a top shelf DC attorney.


23 posted on 11/10/2006 4:49:29 AM PST by angkor
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To: excludethis

Bush can't recess appoint Bolton to the post again. But could he leave the position open and recess appoint him to the Asst. Sec. position? Thus leaving him in place? If this is possible, it would send a good message to those who had any doubts about who is running the show.


24 posted on 11/10/2006 4:52:00 AM PST by zook (America going insane - "Do you read Sutter Caine?)
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To: excludethis; All

Given that we'll never get any kind of term limit legislation out of this "grand" body, I have another suggestion: A congressman, regardless of his or her tenure should be eligible for retirement benefits if he or she actually retires. Leaving office via the ballot bax would disqualify them for any bennies whatsoever. This might, in a few cases, give incentive for early retirement to some who are only in it for themselves to begin with. There could be an additional proviso that any former member that goes to work for a lobbying firm would first have to reimburse the taxpayers for every penny in salary they were paid during their terms. I'll not hold my breath.


25 posted on 11/10/2006 4:53:06 AM PST by thelastvirgil (Lest ye put all your faith in the government to provide for you, check their track record.)
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To: dirtboy
We need to spend the next two years going on a serious RINO purge. I live in Nebraska, and we need to do everything we can do make sure Chuck Hagel never holds office again.
26 posted on 11/10/2006 4:56:25 AM PST by Uncle Vlad (You cannot protect the peoples' civil liberties if you refuse to protect the people.)
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To: Tribemike
I wonder what the wasted millions on Chafee could have accomplished in VA and MT?
27 posted on 11/10/2006 4:56:27 AM PST by excludethis
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To: fortheDeclaration
Can't he be yanked from that position?

I gotta' better idea that involves a one-way trip to Long Island Sound... and a joint compound bucket of concrete.

28 posted on 11/10/2006 4:57:56 AM PST by johnny7 ("We took a hell of a beating." -'Vinegar Joe' Stilwell)
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To: excludethis

The radically liberal Republican. Hopefully the last of a dead breed.


29 posted on 11/10/2006 5:02:23 AM PST by dinoparty
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To: excludethis
The best news from Tuesday was this idiot losing. He was a classic example of a RINO.
30 posted on 11/10/2006 5:02:31 AM PST by Lurking in Kansas (Nothing witty here? move on.)
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To: Howie66

Snowe and Collins will be difficult. Snowe just won by what 70 percent? She is here until she decides to leave. We are rid of Chaffee, Frist. Hastert will be just a part of a group with no title. McCain is another difficult person to get rid of. I think he is Senator until he decides to leave too. Just my two cents on this.


31 posted on 11/10/2006 5:13:08 AM PST by napscoordinator
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To: zook
Bush can't recess appoint Bolton to the post again. But could he leave the position open and recess appoint him to the Asst. Sec. position? Thus leaving him in place?

Back during the Clinton Administration, Bill Lann Lee's nomination was blocked in the Senate but Clinton left him in place as an "acting" Assistant Secretary. Conservatives fumed that this was improper, but it stood and a precedent was set.

I am a great believer in cutting off bad precedents but as a realist I know it doesn't happen unless we enforce reciprocity. If we don't, the dems are perfectly happy to run with a double standard. Perhaps President Bush should follow the Lee precedent, meanwhile sending a note to the new Democratic leadership saying "Here's tit for tat. How do you want to proceed in the future?"

32 posted on 11/10/2006 5:13:19 AM PST by sphinx
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To: excludethis

What if we appoint no one to the UN post? Can't we just cut off funding as well? Eff em.


33 posted on 11/10/2006 5:13:23 AM PST by SueRae
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To: excludethis

Note to the GOP: Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.


34 posted on 11/10/2006 5:13:31 AM PST by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: excludethis
A key Senate Republican has joined Democrats in opposing one of Bush's initiatives for the lame-duck Congress: John Bolton's nomination as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

He only ran as a Republican to win elections. That's what a RINO is. Once they get elected, voters forget all about them until the next election.

Geeze. Some of the new dem candidates are quite socially conservative. Maybe they're Republicans running as democrats just to win an election. That would be a real blow to the far left, wouldn't it?

35 posted on 11/10/2006 5:13:42 AM PST by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal.")
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To: excludethis

Bush needs to let it be made known that if Bolton is not approved, he will pick soemone even worse from their viewpoint next time. This should be done for all positions for which Congress does not provide a reasonable and timely vote. For instance for a Supreme Court vacancy pick someone from the prior short list and if not quickly confirmed then withdraw him/her, pick another and it not quickly confirmed, then put up Bork and if he is not quickly confirmed, then some one even worse from the Dems point of view. It's time to play hardball and demonstrate how obstructionist they are.


36 posted on 11/10/2006 5:13:48 AM PST by S.O.L.
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
For Chafee to go this far is beyond despicable.

Chafee passed despicable a long time ago.

(If I say anything more about the man...I will be banned for my choice of words.)

37 posted on 11/10/2006 5:14:44 AM PST by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: mewzilla
And note to Rush Limbaugh: More proof of why RINOs can't be trusted.

It's not about perfection. It's about TRUST.

'Rats. RINOs. No dang diff.

38 posted on 11/10/2006 5:15:27 AM PST by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: excludethis
Don't blame Chaffee, blame the numbnuts who put him on the Committee.

Frist.

39 posted on 11/10/2006 5:15:55 AM PST by Rome2000 (Peace is not an option)
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To: zook

That Missouri Senator elect said she would vote for Bolton if it comes to a vote. I was amazed by this. I think we have at least three moderate democrats in the Senate...her, Webb, and Tester.


40 posted on 11/10/2006 5:16:05 AM PST by napscoordinator
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What a piece of crap Chaffing is. He even voted against Alito. Go run over to the Stalinist Left Party of the Donks.


41 posted on 11/10/2006 5:17:19 AM PST by Long Island Pete
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To: excludethis

When you figure out what the GOP is smoking- please let us know....I have a feeling that whatever it is- it is made in Mexico.....


42 posted on 11/10/2006 5:17:28 AM PST by eeevil conservative (Dems win....Republicans blame conservatives? That will help..Keep attacking your base...BRILLIANT!)
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To: excludethis

no republican leaders have no balls.

none


Frist was an improvement over lott. Lott was abysmial and Lott is trying to make a leadership come bake as minority leader.

The senate is literally institutionally snobby and too much infested with "us vs them outside the senate".

The fact is ALL senators need to be taken down a peg or two on a routine basis to try and remind them about being human.


43 posted on 11/10/2006 5:17:35 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: thelastvirgil

Term limits would fly before that pipe dream.


44 posted on 11/10/2006 5:17:59 AM PST by steveegg (UNNNGGGHHH!!!!! Seeking a new state, will travel.)
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To: excludethis

From what I have seen so far, Bush and fellow RINOs have now opened the White House concession stand.


45 posted on 11/10/2006 5:20:03 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: excludethis
"Key Republican"??? What was anybody thinking? Chafing is only key because he can block a vote. This is the last knife Chafee will put in President Bush's back. Thank God he was defeated in the election. Even if he had won, he probably would have been like turncoat Jeffords and caucused with the Dims. We all know he voted like he did.

What a POS!
46 posted on 11/10/2006 5:20:53 AM PST by kevinm13 (The Main Stream Media is dead! Fox News Channel and Freerepublic Rocks!)
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To: S.O.L.
It's time to play hardball and demonstrate how obstructionist they are.

That's a good idea. They'll be the party of "no" for the next two years, and the activity will keep them and their media legions out of our hair for the next 2 years.

47 posted on 11/10/2006 5:23:10 AM PST by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal.")
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To: excludethis

I can't see why they don't just trash the UN, then Bolton could find a job that isn't up to them for him to do


48 posted on 11/10/2006 5:26:57 AM PST by sure_fine (*not one to over kill the thought process*)
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To: KeyLargo

From what I have seen, with 20% pathetic turnout, there is no mandate to do anything conservative. Bush doesn't owe the conservatives squat. They stayed home Tuesday. Now we all pay the price.


49 posted on 11/10/2006 5:30:59 AM PST by jackv (just shakin' my head)
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To: Crawdad
What's to smear. He's a shining example of a brain on drugs. He's admitted using cocaine and if I recall LSD too.

Nothing going on inside that empty head of his.

He's lost his seat along with his mind.

50 posted on 11/10/2006 5:34:32 AM PST by OldFriend (Run and Hide, Tax and Spend for the next two years. Everyone happy?)
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